Japanese curriculum woes known for years

11/10/2006 | Asahi Shimbun (Japan), The

An expert panel told the government in 2002 that 16% of Japanese university students had not studied world history, a mandatory subject, in high school, but the education ministry failed to act on that news because of a breakdown in internal communications, ministry officials admitted to an Upper House education committee yesterday. Last month it was learned that 540 high schools nationwide had opted to prepare students for college entrance exams, rather than teach courses required for graduation, a decision that affected more than 83,000 students.

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